A meeting of Congress MPs from the state held by AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad in Delhi on Tuesday ahead of their conclave with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday provided a platform for mutual recrimination between representatives from the Telangana, and Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.
The meeting, expected to be a dress- rehearsal on issues likely to figure at the meeting with Rahul, saw tempers run high. Azad asked the MPs to work shoulder to shoulder to improving the prospects of the party. When Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao proposed a bus yatra by top leaders in all the regions to improve the prospects of the party, Telangana MPs interrupted him. They demanded that the party first keep the promises it made. “If Congress’ prospects have to improve in the Telangana region, there is no alternative to keeping the promise made on December 9,2009,” one MP from Telangana said.
Another MP argued with Rao that it was the Seemandhra parliamentarians who always stood as stumbling blocks for creation of Telangana state.The Telangana MPs also raised the issue of categorisation of SCs. “The Congress has promised it but has not done it. It is time it did something before it loses the support of Madigas as well,” another MP said.
After the meeting, Telangana MP Sircilla Rajaiah said that if Jagan Mohan Reddy was growing in strength in the Andhra region, it was because of the tacit understanding and support from Congress leaders. “It is the Congress which is helping the YSR Congress grow. The party should first look at the grey areas in the organisation and come up with remedial measures,” he said.
Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao complained to Azad that chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was taking unilateral decisions and was not taking colleagues into confidence. He urged Azad to ensure that the cabinet worked as one team with ministers saying that they had no knowledge of the schemes the chief minister was announcing every other day.
Azad assured to initiate measures to make the party strong and promised to call the Telangana MPs to a meeting with him to discuss the statehood issue.